What About Book of Mormon Cities?

sep19Another proof of God’s revealed Word is that the writings match up with archaeology. The Middle East is so rich with archeological artifacts from past civilizations that building contractors must stop work whenever they find any ancient objects. This frequently happens because of the rich history of the area. In fact, ancient cities such as Jericho have been unearthed in the same condition as the Bible described them.

Since this is true of the Bible, what of the Book of Mormon? If it really is another testimony of Jesus Christ, as Joseph Smith alleged, where are the ruins of Nephite, Lamanite, and Jaredite cities? Not one has been found.

No swords and armour have been unearthed either. With all the farming and city-building that has happened for the past few centuries all over North America, only artifacts from indigenous people have been discovered.

The Book of Mormon claims that the Nephites brought over sheep and cattle to North America. Where are the bones of these domestic animals? Archaeologists have yet to find any which predate European settlement.sep19a

And what of the gold and brass plates upon which Joseph Smith claimed to have read and translated those writings? He clamed that the angel Moroni took back the gold plates, a convenient excuse for somebody inventing a lie. But I’m still waiting for the answer to where the brass plates went, if they ever did exist.

This false prophet also claimed that the Egyptian papyrus he bought from an antiquities pedlar was written by the patriarch Abraham when he was in that land. It turned out to be a burial document and not the embellished tale Joseph Smith wrote.

Furthermore, Joseph Smith claimed that the North American natives were descendents of Nephi and his family who sailed from Israel to what is now New York state. Thanks to the science of genetics, this myth has been proven false. North American natives came from northeast Asia over the land bridge formed between the two continents during an ice age. Their DNA is devoid of characteristically Middle Eastern genes.

sep19bI could list so many more falsehoods taught by the Mormons, had I the time to do so. Instead, I’ll add this information to my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? People need to realize how alien Joseph Smith’s bogus religion is to the God-breathed Word of God. Only a relationship with the Christ of the Bible will get us into heaven.

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Joseph Smith: Prophet or Phony

sep14The leader of the Mormons, otherwise known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, claimed to be a revelator and a prophet. But how do we know if he was or wasn’t telling the truth? Anybody could claim to have had a revelation from the Lord but how can we tell if it’s real or not?

Here is how to discern if a prophet is genuine. Deuteronomy 18:22 (KJV) explains, “When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.”

But what if a prophet prophecies something that does come to pass? Here’s how to know if this person is sent from God or just claims to be his messenger. The Lord explains in Deuteronomy 13:1-3, “If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;’ Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”sep14a

Joseph claimed to have seen an angel appear in his room one night and during the following days. He wrote in The Book of Mormon, “he informed me of great judgments which were coming upon the earth, with great desolations by famine, sword, and pestilence; and that these grievous judgments would come on the earth in this generation. Having related these things, he again ascended as he had done before.”

The Bible measures a generation as being forty years. Joseph Smith penned these words back in 1830. No great judgements came upon the earth in that time. And there are many other failed prophesies I could list had I the luxury of time and space to do so.

Jesus warned in Matthew 7:15 (KJV) to, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

sep14bThe history of the LDS church is soiled with the carnal misdeeds of Joseph Smith and his followers. Whole books have been written about this subject.

And as for books, I’m working on one called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? So many sincere and kind folks are in for a horrific shock when the day of judgement arrives and they’re on the wrong side of Christ. My hope is that God will use the work of my hands to rescue as many of them as will come out of their deception.

Mormonism Vs. Christianity on Humanity

sep12Now that I’ve shown the differences between Mormon and Christian beliefs in the persons of God and Christ, I need to examine why we were created.

Firstly, God made this world for us to live on. Genesis 2:15 (KJV) reads, “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”

The answer for God creating us is to bring him glory. As 1 Chronicles 16:29 (KJV) says, “Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.”

Mormons, on the other hand, believe that we existed as spirit beings before our births and that Adam and Eve were immortal. So Satan lured the first two humans into sin so they would become mortal and be able to have flesh-and-blood children. Mormons claim that there are many “spirit children” birthed by Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother but they needed bodies of flesh. Adam and Eve were allowed to sin and become mortal so many pre-existent spirits could start their journey toward godhood by being born into human bodies.sep12a

That’s a far cry from the sentences God dished out to all sinners through our two founding parents, as well as to Satan, in Genesis 3:14-19. “And the LORD God said unto the serpent, ‘Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.’ Unto the woman he said, ‘I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.’ And unto Adam he said, ‘Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, “Thou shalt not eat of it:” cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.'”

Adam and Eve could have had children before the fall but Satan lured them into committing sin against God. The Lord also gave humanity a huge privilege in choosing to follow or reject him. By doing this, the eventual result would be far better in the long run. Even so, Adam and Eve fell.

And as for planets upon which we’ll raise future god children, Christ put an end to that Sadducee nonsense when he said in Matthew 22:30 (KJV) “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.”

sep12bAt the end of history, humanity will be separated into two groups, those bound for heaven and those bound for hell. Jesus explained in Matthew 25:32 (KJV), “And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:”

Mormons and other deceived individuals must understand that Jesus is eternal and that the honorific “son” is meant to describe his special status with the Father, not his supposed condition as a procreated spirit being.

I’ll be writing much more about the deity and eternality of Christ in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Since eternity is endless and there’s no “do overs,” it’s vital that all of us make the right choice here before we die.

Mormonism Vs. Christianity on Christ

Msep07ormons, as I pointed out in the previous post, use the same terms as Christians but they change the meanings of them. For example, the Bible states in John 1:1 (KJV), “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Reading the following verses, we discover that Jesus was the word which John mentioned. This and other scriptures show that Jesus and God are eternal beings and are part of the
Trinity.

Jesus was, according to the Book of Mormon, a saviour of the world, not thee saviour. Nephi 10:4 says, “Yea, even asix hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem, a prophet would the Lord God raise up among the Jews— even a Messiah, or, in other words,a Savior of the world.”

Mormonism teaches that Jesus had a heavenly father and a heavenly mother. They believe that the purpose of this world is to give spirits human bodies. And since Jesus was a spirit, he was given a body.

The book of Mormon claims that Christ visited the so-called lost Israelites which traveled to North America and became the aboriginal peoples. This is manifestly false since North American natives never heard of Jesus Christ. Neither are they descendents of Jacob but are related to the people of northeast Asia.sep07a

Instead of visiting North Americans, Christ ascended to heaven and is at the right hand of God. Romans 8:34 (KJV) states, “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”

Moreover, Luke quoted an angel in Acts 1:11 (KJV), “Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”

sep07bI’ll be writing more about falacies in false gospels in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? People who follow counterfeit teachings will be in for a horrible shock come Judgment Day because they didn’t obey Christ’s commandments regarding faith in him.

Mormonism Vs. Christianity on God

sep05This month, I feel the need to show the stark differences between Mormonism and Christianity. Many Christians assume that Mormons are believers. After all, Jesus Christ is in their church’s name.

Mormons also use the same terms as we do but they mean different things to them. For example, they believe Jesus is a mere created being and the spirit brother of Lucifer.

The moral behaviour of Mormons tricks naive people into thinking that they’re born again. By examining what Scripture says, we can see that Mormons are in fact misled and unsaved cult victims.

We know from the Bible that God is eternal. He had no beginning and has no end to his existence. As Psalms 90:2 (KJV) proclaims, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”sep05a

Mormonism teaches that God, whom they call Heavenly Father, was once a man and that we mere mortals will become gods someday. They appear to take this idea from Psalms 82:6 (KJV) which says, “I have said, ‘Ye are gods;’ and all of you are children of the most High.”

What these people forget, or don’t understand, is that all scriptures must be read in the context of the passage in which they are found. The next verse explains, “But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.”

This is a psalm of judgment against the rogue leaders of Israel and of the rebellious nations who abused vulnerable people. They acted like they were gods with the power of life and death over their citizens. But all of them fell in death and only their bones remain.

sep05bAs sincerely as Mormons believe in this and other LDS doctrines, they’re still wrong. Sincerity is no gauge of a person’s salvation and spiritual growth. For this reason, I’m writing a book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Judgment day will be a day of horror for many who placed their trust in doing good works while having no personal relationship with Christ. I wish nobody would end up in hell because they trusted in their good deeds.

Why is Christ Superior to Mohammad?

aug31Having written about the difference between God and Allah, what of Christ verses Mohammad.

First off, Christ proved himself to be the Son of God. Neither did he deny it. Matthew 16:16( KJV) reads, “And Simon Peter answered and said, ‘Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.'” If he wasn’t, as the Qu’ran claims, he would have rebuked or corrected Peter. Instead, he praised him and called him blessed.

Martha also wasn’t rebuked or corrected in John 11:27 (KJV). “She saith unto him, ‘Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.'”

But Mohammad was only a man and very sinful too. He performed no miracles which weren’t self-fulfilling slight of hand. Neither did he teach the truth. Had he done so, he would have affirmed the Bible’s record of Christ.aug31a

Jesus was much more than Mary’s son. Mohammad taught in sura 3:45 that, “The Angels said, ‘O Mary, Allah gives you good news of a Word from Him. His name is the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, well-esteemed in this world and the next, and one of the nearest.'”

Furthermore, if Mohammad was a prophet sent from God, why did he blaspheme the central tenet of Christianity, namely the crucifixion of Jesus? In sura 4:157, it says, “And for their saying, ‘We have killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah.’ In fact, they did not kill him,nor did they crucify him, but it appeared to them as if they did. Indeed, those who differ about him are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it, except the following of assumptions. Certainly, they did not kill him.”

aug31bMy hope is to challenge such blasphemous beliefs in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? If Christ didn’t die and if he was a sinner like us, Christianity would be just another religion. Instead, it’s the truth in which we can fully trust.

Salvation Assurance in the Bible Vs. the Qu’ran

aug29Since our heavenly Father loves us and sent Christ to die and save us, we can rest assured regarding our eternal home in heaven. Better still, we’re sealed for that day with the Holy Spirit.

And though we mustn’t grieve him with our rebellious actions and thoughts, we’re still guaranteed to be eternally with the Trinity. Ephesians 4:30 (KJV) promises, “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”

But this is what the Qu’ran says will happen to the believers of Allah. Sura 39:61 claims, “And Allah will save those who maintained righteousness to their place of salvation. No harm will touch them, nor will they grieve.”aug29a

Some Christians also believe that we can lose our salvation. They quote Hebrews 6:4-6 (KJV) which reads, ” For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”

The people mentioned in this passage aren’t born-again believers but those, like Judas, who were mere seekers of the good things Christ offers. We read in 1 John 2:19 (KJV) that, “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”

aug29bIt truly is a blessed assurance that we are saved forever. We do stray, as sheep are wont to do, but we’re still in the Good Shepherd’s flock.

I’ll emphasize this in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? People need to understand fully that their salvation depends on the finished and irrevocable work of Christ on the cross.